Our first plenary speaker: Dr José A. Pérez Díez

The BritGrad committee are delighted to confirm our first plenary speaker! A Shakespeare Institute alumnus, José is now a Research Fellow at the School of English of the University of Leeds.

         Dr José A. Pérez Díez

During his PhD at the Shakespeare Institute, José completed the first modern-spelling critical edition of Love’s Cure, or The Martial Maid by John Fletcher and Philip Massinger. He is currently part of the team of scholars working on the new edition of the complete works of John Marston, due to be published by Oxford University Press in 2020.

His main field of research is Anglo-Spanish literary and cultural relations in the Jacobean period, with specific interests in the plays of John Fletcher and the literary connections of the Count of Gondomar. He is also interested in the performance of rarely produced Renaissance drama, and has founded at Leeds The Playhouse Lab, a permanent forum to explore plays from the period in unrehearsed script-in-hand conditions to support teaching and practical research. He is a frequent reviewer of opera and Renaissance drama, including Shakespeare, for various academic journals and for the web portal Reviewing Shakespeare, of which he is Associate Editor for England. He is also the Membership Officer of the British Shakespeare Association.

In addition to his own plenary session, José will also be one of four people to take part in a new addition to BritGrad’s programme this year: a round-table discussion featuring early-career academics which aims to address welfare-related issues widely impacting academics both during and after the completion of doctoral work.

We are excited to welcome Dr José A. Pérez Díez to be a part of the Nineteenth Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference and look forward to him sharing is work with us!

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